Scotland Road Trip Itinerary: 10 Nights

scottish highlands tour itinerary

Here’s my Scotland Road Trip Itinerary for a 10-night visit to this stunning region:

The stunning beach at Durness

Day One:

Fly into Glasgow

Pick up Hire Car – I used Thrifty

Drive to Fort William – stay at The Grange B&B

Have dinner at the Crannog Seafood restaurant

Tip: It is also possible to start this trip from Edinburgh – did you know that Edinburgh and Glasgow are only 46 miles apart? If you do go to Edinburgh don’t miss my post on Underground Edinburgh.

Day Two:

Climb Ben Nevis – I used Atlas Mountaineering

Stay in Fort William – The Lime Tree Hotel

A very scottish bird

Dinner at the Lime Tree Hotel

Day Three:

Drive south through Glen Coe again. Put Balquhidder into your sat nav. Then head up to Loch Fyne and then back to Fort William

Stay in Fort William – The Lime Tree

Dinner in Fort William at a local pub

Day Four:

Drive to the Isle of Skye – lots of photo stops

Stay in Portree at the Cuillin Hills Hotel

Dinner at the Cuillin Hills Hotel

Day Five:

Day trip walking the Cuillin Hills – I used Skye Ghillie

Stay in Portree at the  Cuillin Hills Hotel

Dinner at the Cuillin Hills Hotel

The Old Man of Storr

Day Six:

Drive to Inverness Airport and pick up friends

Then drive on to Ullapool

Stay at The Ceilidh Place hotel

Dinner at the pub on the waterfront

Day Seven:

Drive south and explore

Boat Trip

Then drive back to Ullapool

Stay at The Ceilidh Place hotel

Dinner at The Ceilidh Place hotel

Day Eight

Drive north to Durness

Stay in Durness at Glengolly bed and breakfast

A friendly local

Dinner at Sango Sands Oasis Restaurant and Bar

Day Nine

Drive to Thurso

Stay in Thurso at Pennyland House B&B 

Dinner in Thurso

Day Ten

Drive to Iverness

Stay in Inverness at the Heathmount Hotel   

Dinner at The Heathmount Hotel

Day Eleven

Fly out of Inverness

If you’d like to extend your road trip have a look at the South West Coastal Road 300 route. And don’t miss the lovely area of Dumfries and Galloway.

Scotland Highlands Tour Itinerary Information Source:

I bought the Lonely Planet guide to the Scottish Highlands and I used this to plan my tour itinerary. It was also a good starting point for accommodation.

I used a price comparison site to find my hire car.

I had a big UK road atlas that was very helpful as well as the sat nav. I would use the atlas at night to plan the next day.

I emailed my hotels in Fort William and Skye to ask for recommendations for guides. I also checked Trip Advisor for best guides.

Scotland Highlands Tour Itinerary: Useful Links

Scotland Highlands Tour Itinerary Accommodation:

Looking for a hotel in Fort William in the Scottish Highlands? Check out the top 10 hotels in Fort William here

And the top 10 hotels on the Isle of Skye here

Top 10 hotels Ullapool

Top 10 hotels Thurso

Top 10 hotels Inverness

Scotland Highlands Tour Itinerary Flights:

Looking for flights to Inverness? Click here for some great deals 

Looking for flights to Glasgow, gateway to the Scottish Highlands? Click here for some great deals

And for Car Hire Click Here

Trains are also a great way to get around the Scottish Highlands

You might also enjoy reading:

My Best Things to do in the Scottish Highlands post

And why not look at Climbing Ben Nevis while you’re in the Scottish Highlands?

And here is a brilliant Scotland Packing Guide for your trip 

If you like the look of Scotland you’ll probably love Ireland – read here about the Dingle Peninsula Drive

and Things to do in Killarney

Scotland Highlands Tours:

Interested in taking some tours while in the Scottish Highlands? Click here for some Scottish Highlands tour ideas

Travelling Solo? Check out these organised tour options:

Just You Scotland

Exodus Holidays Scotland

Explore Holidays Scotland

G Adventures Scotland

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My 10 nights Scotland Road Trip Itinerary - from Glasgow to Durness to Thurso to Inverness by road. Where to stay & how long to spend in each area.

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